Editor's note: A few leftover things from the winter meetings will be on the blog the next few days as we clean out the notebook.
Rangers manager Ron Washington held his annual winter meetings chat with the media Tuesday and was asked to reflect on the end of the 2012 season.
"I think it was obvious what we didn't do well. We didn't pitch well. We didn't hit well. We didn't do anything very well to our standards," Washington said. "So you know, yes, the fundamental part of the game, it's ongoing and it's always a part of the game that you have to improve upon. And I'm a fundamentalist, and we'll begin to strive to make that better as we have in the past. It just didn't work out this year, this past year."
Washington was asked if his team got tight down the stretch, as they eventually blew a five-game lead with nine to play in the AL West, losing the division on the final day of the regular season. They then lost in the AL wild-card game at home to the Baltimore Orioles.
"Tight? No, we never got tight," Washington said. "I just think once we got into the West, they were pitching rich, and in the game of baseball, it's always been said, pitching stops everything else. They stopped us.
"I'm not using anything as an excuse because that's not what we do. We didn't get the job done, and the teams we played that ended up taking some victories away from us, that caused us not to do what we set out to do, you give them credit."